location is the challenge for me to right now. Traveling in Europe for 4 weeks (France 12night/Italy 12nights/????last 4nights Barcelona).
Arrive in France for 12days,Sept 3-15. I would like to visit Paris as well as another interesting/beautiful area in Southern France that I can combine into an enjoyable trip, during this 12day stay. To complicate matters further I need to fly from France either from north or south to Southern Italy specific area Puglia/Matera for prearranged tour experience that starts Sept 15-26(My intention is to fly directly into Bari airport where driver will pick me up and bring me to join up with small group of 3 others). I plan to travel within France via train not sure north to south or vicversa.
So here are my questions:
•Where do I land in France to start Holiday ..Paris/North/CDG or what Southern France area that's accessible from local airport. (again that need to be in Italy ,afternoon of 9/15 issue/ not so much issue if flying out CDG).
• How many days in Paris?
• Stay in a apt.vs. small hotel?
(preference is in 5-6th arrousement /Latin Quarter)
•How many days in Southern France?
•Where in Southern France?
• If route ends up being north to south which airport is most compatible in coordinating a memorable visit to southern France to travel onto Italy?
• Choice of accommodations in South Inns/B&B's?
•Train company used within France to
travel N->S or S->N?
•Also anything else you'd like to share or recommend about France?
•Finally is flying last part of trip sept 26-30th to Barcelona, Spain for a 4 noc stay in the city a doable for a new experience?
I had an extended 4wk Italy 2014/ Sept solo north to south visit via train/ferry. VENICE/Murano/Burano/Torchello,Milan,LAKE COMO/Bellagio, ITALIAN RIVIERA/Rapallo/SantaMargherita/Portofino/San Furosa/Cinque Terre,FLORENCE/including Pisa/Siena/several other Hilltowns in Tuscany accessible with Viators day trips including wine/food tours.,ROME, (train to naples directly to ferry to )AMALFI COAST/Praiano(base)/Positano/Amalfi Town/Ravello/ISCHIA with day trip to Capri on way back to Sorrento(base for Pompeii/Mt Vesuvus) ,shared van ride to naples airport ($25.)depart to Boston. I flew open jaw with one piece carryon luggage. Background to appreciate my desire to see a new place even if it's on a tiny appetizer till next trip 2016. Yes, this was my first trip to Europe and solo!!! I want to be successful again with this trip to France and beyond so I feel this is the place to ask. May your day be filled with light and happiness from all those that connect with you today! ThankYou for taking the time to read all of this as well as any comments/suggestions to guide me on my way. Oh and yes I have Ricks guides that's how I planned my 2014 trip my way.., I'm a butterfly by nature an aquarian. I like to keep moving especially if I'm in the proximity of water it energizes me.